Game 155 lineups: Nats vs. Mets

With nine days left in the regular season, the Nationals now have a chance to play with lineups and work toward planning for what they need to do to get better in 2019.

The outfield next season will most likely be comprised of young stars Juan Soto and Victor Robles, as well as veteran Adam Eaton. There is also hope that free agent Bryce Harper will re-sign with the Nats on a long-term contract.

Robles is getting more playing time recently because of Eaton’s stiff knee. Robles has started four out of his last five appearances and notched at least one hit in each of those games. He would like nothing better than to continue that trend in the season’s final nine games.

The Nats will likely look for a starting pitcher, a catcher and a second baseman as they put together their 2019 wish list. Bullpen help, outfield depth and a potent bench bat will also be studied. They also would be wise to build around third baseman Anthony Rendon and get him signed to a long-term contract extension. He has had another solid season at the plate, with a .305 average, 22 homers and 83 RBIs in 499 at-bats.

Thumbnail image for Rendon playing third white.jpgRendon has reached base in a career-high 29 straight games dating to Aug. 21. It is the longest active streak in the major leagues and the fourth-longest streak in the National League this season.

Right-hander Austin Voth (0-1, 11.81 ERA) gets the start today for the Nats in Tanner Roark’s spot. Roark returned to the team after his wife gave birth to their third child earlier this week. Manager Davey Martinez decided to give him some rest and let Voth get a shot. Voth would like nothing better than to erase the July 14 debut loss against the Mets where he allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

The Mets counter with right-hander Corey Oswalt (3-2, 6.21 ERA).

WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. NEW YORK METS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 74 degrees, no precipitation, wind 9 mph out to left field

NATIONALS
CF Victor Robles
SS Trea Turner
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
LF Juan Soto
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Matt Wieters
2B Wilmer Difo
RHP Austin Voth

METS
SS Amed Rosario
RF Brandon Nimmo
LF Michael Conforto
1B Jay Bruce
3B Todd Frazier
CF Austin Jackson
C Kevin Plawecki
2B Jack Reinheimer
RHP Corey Oswalt

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